Mt. Sir Donald (3298m) and the Selkirk Mountains

Grade: Beginner-Intermediate    
Season: July – September    
Time: 3-5 days depending on options  
Ratio: Depends on objectives     
Accommodation: Camping

The first time I drove through Rogers Pass I was awestruck! Mt. Sir Donald looming above the valley and the NW Arete just waiting to be climbed. While the peak can be climbed in a very long day from the valley bottom I prefer to approach the day before and camp at Sir Donald/Uto col. The NW Arete is solid quartzite rock and many rope lengths of mostly 5.2 to 5.4 climbing. The views and exposure are truly amazing. The descent is a combination of down climbing and rappels. Other peaks nearby include Mt. Uto and Eagle Peak.

Hermit Meadows on the north side of the highway offers a variety of objectives including Mt. Rogers and the Hermit. Again, the peaks have very solid rock and the views of the Selkirk Mountains to the south rates as one of the 10 best mountain vistas in the world!